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Catherine Millicent Ukele Williams

Catherine Williams, 89, died peacefully Nov. 11, 2006, in her home in Grand Junction. She was born Jan. 3, 1917, in Rifle, to Clarence and Vera (Kirham) Ukele. She grew up on the family farm on Silt Mesa, and graduated from Silt Union High School in 1934. Catherine moved to Glenwood Springs, worked at the Williams Hotel, and met her husband of 60 years, Paul Williams. They were married in 1941, shortly before Paul was drafted into the U.S. Army and sent overseas. Catherine and infant daughter Joyce returned to the family farm on Silt Mesa. Upon Paul’s return home, they moved to Glenwood Springs, where they resided until 2003. Catherine’s adult life was centered around her family, her church and her community. She shared her skills by serving as both a 4-H and Girl Scout leader. Taking an active role in the United Methodist Church, she served numerous terms as president of the United Methodist Women and taught Sunday school. Her pies and jellies were sought after items at the church bazaar. Catherine was a 50-year member and past matron of Erika Chapter #69, O.E.S. and a member of Chapter CD, P.E.O. She was a member of the Democratic Party, and stressed the importance of studying issues and civic participation. After Paul’s retirement from the city, they wintered in Tucson, Ariz., making many new friends and reacquainting with old ones. Paul and Catherine traveled all over the country visiting family and friends. In 2003, Paul and Catherine moved to Palisade to be closer to family. Earlier this year, she moved to The Atrium in Grand Junction, where she thoroughly enjoyed new friends as well as several longtime Garfield County neighbors. She continued to travel around the U.S., including a tour to New York City. She recently joined the First United Methodist Church of Grand Junction, sponsored by longtime friend Florence Hitt.Catherine is survived by daughters Joyce (Ed) Mathews of Yulee, Fla., and Margaret (Jim) Somerville of Palisade; son Charles (Rhonda) Williams of Hanover, Md.; grandchildren Ann Brown and Heather Alderman of Jacksonville, Fla., Catherine Somerville of Syracuse, N.Y., Jamie Somerville of Palisade, Tyson Williams of Bethlehem, Pa., and Jordan Williams of Hanover, Md.; great-grandchildren Megan Mathews, Elizabeth Brown, and Matthew and Daniel Alderman, all of Jacksonville; brother Arthur Ukele; sisters Ruth Pittenger, Mary Jane Propernick, Anna Lloyd, and Della Griffin; sisters-in-law Esther Ukele and Shirley Ukele; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband; infant triplets; grandson Scott Mathews; sister Effie Ukele; and brothers Mark and John Ukele.A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Dec. 2 at the First United Methodist Church of Grand Junction, 522 White Ave. Memorials may be made in her name to Hospice and Palliative Care of Western Colorado, P.O. Box 60307, Grand Junction, CO 81506.Post Independent, Glenwood Springs, Colorado, Colo. CO


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